Lenovo ideacentre Y900
The Lenovo ideacentre Y900 is a pre-build desktop gaming rig that packs power in a case that is both subtly eye-catching and practical. Although not for the DIY purist at heart, this gaming rig from the number one PC maker in the world, certainly has its advantages.
Design-wise, the ideacentre Y900 checks off all the boxes of what you'd expect from a modern gaming PC: it's black, has glowing red lights, and looks as if it came out from a sci-fi movie. That said, it does not look ‘out of this world', but rather more down to earth. The chassis also has an easyto-open transparent side panel that lets you not only gaze at its graphics card and internal components under warm red lights, but also access them.
The side panel pops right off once you flip a lock switch, and hit a button on the top of the machine, allowing you to easily gain access to the components without busting out a toolkit. The Y900's hot-swap hard drive bays can be opened with a quick push, though you'll need a screwdriver once it's time to change graphics cards – an understated, but very appreciated feature.
Another design feature we appreciate is how clean the inside of the chassis really is. Everything is accessible, with no nests of wires clogging things up. This makes upgrading the Y900 a painless and easy process.
It can be configured with up to a 6th generation Intel Core i7 processor, backed by up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM (achievable using four DIMM slots), and there's enough space to slot in another graphics card for a dual GPU setup. There's also ample space for up to four hard drives that can store up to 2TB each.
The review unit that we received was fitted with an Intel Core i7-5500U processor with 8GB of memory, 2TB of storage, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 graphics card.
It was able to handle our test games with little problem. In our benchmark tests, it scored a higher than average 9,693 and 5,025 on Fire Strike and Fire Strike Extreme, and a commendable 2,590 on Fire Strike Ultra. These numbers show that the Y900 is more than capable of handling 1080p gaming, but an upgrade is needed to achieve 4K gaming.
As this is a Lenovo PC, we also put the Y900 through 3DMark's Home and Creative tests. It scored 4,623 in the Home test, clearly showing that it is overpowered for typical everyday tasks. In Creative, however, the Y900 prove to be a competent companion for the creative at heart by scoring a high 6,091 in tests that include video and graphics rendering.
Finally, at retail, the ideacentre Y900 comes bundled with a Lenovo Y mousepad, gaming mouse, and gaming tactical keyboard.
The open, spacious, and easilyaccessible interior of the Y900 reflects its possibilities.